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Guide Helps Assess Food System Economics

Sat, 09/02/2017 - 06:01
Michigan State University's Center for Regional Food Systems has released Tools for Assessing Economic Impact: A Primer for Food System Practitioners. This guide summarizes tools that food systems practitioners can use to assess economic growth. It…
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Organic Milk Prices Dropping in Vermont

Sat, 09/02/2017 - 05:54
An article posted on VTDigger reports that organic dairy farmers in Vermont are struggling with falling prices. Organic milk companies blame the situation on an oversupply of organic milk, caused in part by conventional farmers switching to organic…
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Massachusetts Farmers Receive Aerial Cover Crop Seeding Help from NRCS

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 06:34
More than 70 farms in 54 Massachusetts communities are participating voluntarily and are receiving financial and technical assistance for aerial cover crop seeding in cornfields. The conservation practice involves a helicopter flying over corn fields,…
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NRCS Publication Shows Reduction in Georgia Cropland

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 06:24
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has published Georgia’s Land: Its Use and Condition – 4th Edition. This publication is a product of the National Resources Inventory (NRI) program, an effort that tracks land use changes and resource…
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Leaf Sensors Could Guide Crop Watering

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 15:43
Researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are working on plant-based sensors that measure the thickness and electrical capacitance of leaves to tell farmers when to irrigate. Technology that more accurately detects when plants need to…
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Case Studies Show Soil Health Practices Deliver Economic Returns

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 13:49
Related ATTRA Publication: No-Till Case Study, Brown's Ranch: Improving Soil Health Improves the Bottom LineThe National Association of Conservation Districts and Datu Research, LLC have released a set of four case studies that show soil health…
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Minnesota Requests Monitoring for Invasive Pest Damaging Vegetable Crops

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 13:34
The Swede midge is an invasive small fly that infests cruciferous crops such as broccoli, cabbage, or canola. It was first discovered in Minnesota in 2016 and is affecting crops in Ramsey and Hennepin counties. Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA)…
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National Biodiesel Board Says Benefits of Biodiesel Underestimated

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 06:15
Related ATTRA Publication: Biodiesel: The Sustainability DimensionsThe National Biodiesel Board announced that new modeling by Purdue University revealed that previously used measures underestimated the carbon benefit of biodiesel by 10%. The new…
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Power of Produce Club Gets Kids Excited about Farmers Market

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 16:18
University of Kentucky Extension in Hardin County implemented a Power of Produce (POP) club this summer in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, to get kids to try new foods and buy fresh produce. By completing an agriculture-related activity and trying a new food,…
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Leopold Center Visioning Task Force Holding Listening Sessions

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 15:55
A visioning task force is holding listening sessions around the state of Iowa to gather input on the future of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. This spring, the Iowa Legislature voted to defund and close the 30-year-old center at Iowa…
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Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program in Pennsylvania Receives Funding

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 15:38
Related ATTRA Publication: Dairy Production on Pasture: An Introduction to Grass-Based and Seasonal DairyingThe Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture has been awarded funding by USDA to continue its Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship program…
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Kansas State University Receives Land Donation for Sustainability Research Farm

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 16:34
North Central Kansas farmer Harold Lonsinger has donated 2,300 acres of farmland to Kansas State University to develop a research farm focusing on sustainable agricultural practices and soil conservation, reclamation, and protection. Lonsinger has…
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Long-Term Investigation Explores Restoring Native Prairie on Farmland

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 16:17
Related ATTRA Publication: No-Till Case Study, Miller Farm: Restoring Grazing Land with Cover CropsA longstanding study at the University of Kansas has improved researchers' grasp of how to restore native prairie grassland on abandoned farmlands and…
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Video Discusses Field Peas as Dairy Feed

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 14:17
Related ATTRA Publication: Non-GMO Dairy Transition GuideUniversity of New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station has posted a 22-minute video in which André Brito, associate professor of dairy nutrition and management, and researcher with the NH…
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University of New Hampshire Re-Domesticating Quinoa for New England

Sat, 08/26/2017 - 06:21
Researchers with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station are investigating the potential use of a wild/weedy, locally adapted Chenopodium species as a breeding partner with quinoa in an effort to "re-domesticate" quinoa into a form suitable…
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Study Quantifies Soil Carbon Loss from Agriculture

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 16:20
Related ATTRA Publication: Agriculture, Climate Change and Carbon SequestrationAgriculture has removed 133 billion tons of carbon from the top 2 meters of soil, says a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Furthermore, the…
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McHenry County College to Develop Urban Ag Degree

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 15:51
An anonymous donor has given McHenry County College in Illinois $500,000 for the first phase of "Transforming Sustainable Agriculture Enterprises in McHenry County through the Delivery of Innovative Education." The project will provide experiential…
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Screening System Helps Prevent Spread of Citrus Greening

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 15:05
University of Florida scientists are working to improve a screening system that prevents the Asian citrus psyllid from reaching citrus trees and infecting them with greening. "Citrus Under Protective Screens," or CUPS, is being used by some commercial…
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Minnesota CSAs Offered Opportunity to Measure Consumer Satisfaction

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 06:06
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Minnesota Grown are offering a grant-funded opportunity for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) operations to measure customer satisfaction with their members. Participants must be members of Minnesota…
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NIFA Announces Specialty Crop Research Initiative Grant Awards

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 05:59
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced 12 new grants through the Specialty Crop Research Initiative, totaling $35 million. The Specialty Crop Research Initiative seeks to invest in long-term solutions that address problems…
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